Davis Discoveries: An Afternoon Symposium on a Rare 17th-Century Pen-Painting by Willem van de Velde the Elder (Dutch, 1611-1693)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Friday, October 23 |2:00 - 4:30pm | Davis Galleries and Lobby


Dutch artist Willem van de Velde I (1611-1693) developed the subgenre of “pen-paintings” in the 17th-century. These astonishingly detailed works, executed with fine brushes and quill pens, are rare, particularly in American collections.  Davis curators were delighted to discover a superlative example tucked away in storage, and have pursued conservation treatment to restore its condition.  This symposium features presentations by Associate Curator, Claire Whitner, on the painting’s history; Rhona MacBeth, the Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo Conservator and Head of Paintings Conservation at the MFA Boston, who conducted the technical study and treatment; and Daniel Finamore, Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History at the Peabody Essex Museum.  Supported through the generosity of Wellesley College Friends of Art, now celebrating 50 years of giving.